The Ups and Downs of Pia Zadora, Piggly Wiggly Stores Sold to New Owners

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Pia Zadora Gets Counseling, New Gig in Vegas
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A judge ordered singer-actress Pia Zadora to undergo alcohol and impulse control counseling on Thursday, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Zadora is facing domestic abuse and coercion charges for spraying her 16-year-old son with a garden hose and grabbing his neck after he allegedly tried to evade his bedtime in May, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Yet things are already looking up for Zadora.

Not only did she post $4,000 bail, but Las Vegas restaurant Piero's Italian Cuisine announced Friday that the performer would hold an indefinite residency, according to the Las Vegas paper. Starting Sept. 19, "Pia's Palace" will feature Zadora singing standards alongside longtime Frank Sinatra pianist and musical director Vincent Falconet, according to Eater.

Talk about a mixed bag.

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Supermarket Chain Piggly Wiggly Thins Out
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PHOTO: The Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Mountain Brooks Crestline Village.
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Twenty nine stores in the Charleston-based grocery chain Piggly Wiggly empire are being carved up to two different owners, The Post and Courier reported.

The family-run business sold off 22 stores to Bi-Lo Holdings, and another seven were sold to Harris Teeter, according to the Charleston, S.C., newspaper.

"The environment that has heated up dramatically in the past six months in the grocery industry with mergers and acquisitions created an opportunity for us to ensure the value of our employee-owned company," Piggly Wiggly spokesman Christopher Ibsen told The Post and Courier. "It's bittersweet for us."

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Clay Matthews Fined $15K For Kaepernick Clutch
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Clay Matthews may want to focus on how he might be able to harness his anger on the gridiron.

Matthews was fined $15,000 for hitting San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during Sunday's game, ESPN reported.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh characterized the Green Bay Packers linebacker's hit as "a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback's six, seven feet out of bounds," according to ESPN.

Matthews gamely responded to criticism that that he was too rough a day before the fine came down.

"I'm an awesome player, not a dirty player," he said.

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Move Into Wayne Newton's Former Digs
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PHOTO: Wayne Newtons Casa de Shenandoah ranch was listed for $70 million.
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Looking for a home with three bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a built in zoo on the property? Perhaps you should get in touch with Wayne Newton.

The Vegas showman's former estate, Casa de Shanandoah, hit the market with an asking price of $70 million.

Newton once had plans to turn the 36-acre estate into a tourist attraction akin to Graceland, but legal woes stopped the home's conversion dead in its tracks.

The "Danke Schoen" singer sold his property to CSD Management for a cool $19.5 million in 2010 to begin the endeavor. But he failed to cooperate with the developer's demands, which included moving out of the home to allow the transformation to take place.

While Newton's family has a 20 percent stake in CSD, it was not enough to keep the home, according to Redfin.

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#Add1ExtraLetterToATVShow
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"Breaking Bald," "How I Meth Your Mother," "Shot in Cleveland," "Who Wants to Bed a Millionaire," "Parkas and Recreation"

Are these shows set to premiere in the fall or just another Twitter trend?

Hint: try adding an extra letter to a TV show title. Let your imagination run wild.

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